On Kony 2012 (because I couldn’t think of a better title but then again, who cares about the title on post like this?)

I’m fairly sure most of you, dear readers and random visitors, have read, heard and/or watched the KONY 2012 video.

I have to admit that the first 01:43 I was nodding in consent – yes, the Internet is coming into an age, an era, where there is connections, discussions and power unprecedented and yes, it’s scaring the older generations and bodies of power (Point of example: SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and every other bill or piece of legislation that has the intent of somehow minimizing or regulating the power and size of the Internet). But I started feeling queasy and off after the timer hit the 01:50.

I can admit that visually the video is stirring, it reaches into our core values and moves us emotionally but that’s the dangerous part – it makes us want to take up arms and fight for something, to fight for a cause of which we know very little. It relies on its naivety, and on our naivety and blind trust.

I can only give you the advice of not and never trusting things blindly. I’ve been reading snippets and articles of news and reactions from all over the Internet (Some more reliable than others) but most of them have come to the same conclusion: Support and donate to a cause only when you understand all the factors and the driving forces behind it. Do not support and trust blindly or you might find yourself blindsided by something. So here’s everything that I’ve read the past week about the Kony 2012 issue.

On Kony 2012 – the Daily What

Kony 2012- John Green’s tumblr (Link’s from a friend of mine)

Think Twice Before Donating to Kony2012 The Meme du Jour – Jezebel.com

Kony 2012 – reddit

African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign – Boing Boing

Many Ugandans frustrated, suspicious of Kony 2012 – LA Times World Now blog

Invisible Children has posted a response to its critiques – reddit

Invisible Children, “Kony 2012” & The Problem With Paternalism – The Frisky

Dangerous ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012 – AlJazeera

On Kony 2012: The Visible Victims Speak – The Daily What

And that’s it. That’s all I’m going to write about this.

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